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Comment: Re:Right to remain silent where? (Score 5, Informative) 340

You're assuming that he's alluding to the fifth amendment, the Miranda warning is just a notification of it, but according to the Canadian Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms you have the right to remain silent in Canada as well. You also have the right to an attorney (counsel).

Not that it matters when you're in Customs. Your constitutional rights (mostly) don't apply in customs, in the US or Canada.

Two publications from the BCCLA (BC Civil Liberties Association) you may be interested in:

Comment: Re:It is unfair competition (Score 2) 204

If the local telcos or ISPs thought it was profitable, then they would have already done it.

This is a common fallacy, if the ISPs thought they could make a higher return on their investment providing crappy service (particularly if they have no competition) then there is no incentive for them to provide good service (particularly if it means they will have competition).

The town (presumably) would not be profit focused and therefore be more concerned with the quality of the service than the return on investment. There are some things socialism does better than capitalism, and vice-versa.

Comment: Re:No, not practically, no. (Score 1) 124

by Macdude (#48748947) Attached to: Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Do you really think cities can hold 15 times the number of gas stations we have currently?

Considering that a charging stations can easily be installed in parking stalls at coffee shops, restaurants, strip-malls, parking structures, home garages, etc. I think it would be no problem for a city to have 15 times the current number of gas stations.

Comment: Re:omg, a store will know where I am (Score 2) 61

by Macdude (#48672695) Attached to: How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You

better they track me so they put stuff i buy up front rather than me having to walk through the whole store

I don't think you understand how they think, they'll put the stuff you buy at the back so that you have to walk through the entire store. In their minds the more stuff you walk past, the more likely you are to buy something on a whim. It's why the milk is always at the back of the grocery store.

Comment: Re:UOM conversion help, please (Score 1) 44

by Macdude (#48420779) Attached to: Researchers Discover Ancient Massive Landslide

Anybody know what "39 times the size of Manhattan" is in football fields?

One Manhattan is:
12,292.12 Football Fields
16,344.68 US Football Fields
10,728.82 Canadian Football Fields

So 39 Manhattans are:
479,392.68 Football Fields
637,442.52 US Football Fields
418,423.98 Canadian Football Fields

Comment: "Braking Hard Alert" (Score 2) 261

by Macdude (#47769951) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

How about we just implement a system that when a vehicle brakes hard it also send out a low power directional signal (to the rear) that reads "Hard Braking, #1 vehicle, ".

Then every vehicle that receives it replies with "Hard Braking, #2 vehicle, " and every vehicle that receives it replies with "Hard Braking, #3 vehicle, ", etc. Then at some predetermined cutoff point (number dependant on the vehicle's speed) the vehicles stop propagating the message.

The point of the random number is so that your vehicle can ignore multiple receipts of the same braking event while not identifying the vehicle.

That should cover the vast majority if situations that you want your vehicle to warn you about.

Comment: Re:That's a squirrley definition of free speech. (Score 1) 284

by Macdude (#46942423) Attached to: Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

[Sigh] It is not illegal to yell "Fire" in a crowded theater. What the first amendment doesn't do is protect you from prosecution if your yelling "Fire" causes a panic. So you have the right to yell "Fire", you will just be held accountable if doing so causes a panic.

From Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s (unanimous ) opinion, "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic".

Memory fault - where am I?